Local cricketer Elwood Geary has been selected for the Victoria Country side for the Under 17 national championships.
Geary plays for South Gambier in the Mount Gambier and Districts Cricket Association and has become an important part of the Demons’ A Grade side.
The talented fast bowler has gained selection in the Victorian team after years of excelling in the Western Waves team.
The section for Geary was something he has been working on for many years now.
“It’s been my main goal for the last couple of years to make the side,” he said.
“It’s a huge relief and a great feeling getting the opportunity to be selected in the side.”
“I’m looking forward to being able to go away for a week to play cricket, having new experiences and challenging myself against other cricketers, it is very exciting.”
While this is not the first time Geary has been selected for the state side, as he was picked in the Under 12 side previously, this will be the best quality of cricket he has played against which will give him an excellent opportunity to test his skill against some fellow future stars of the game.
“This will be the second time I have played state but the last time was in u12s, so this will be the highest level of cricket that I have experienced yet,” he said.
Despite having exceptional talent Geary has been working to improve upon his skills.
“Since playing in the Western Waves side last year I have been working on my bowling action trying to get some things right to help with my consistency and a smoother bowling action,” he said.
Geary has proven to be a dangerous wicket taker this season already having five wickets to his name, including three in the last round against West Gambier.
He hopes to take some good form into the championships with hopes of being a consistent threat with the ball.
“My main goal for the tournament is to stay consistent and hopefully take as many wickets as I can,” he said.
Geary will now prepare with the squad ahead of the championships with preparations with four training sessions left before the tournament which include centre wicket training then the last is a practice game against the Victoria Metro who will also be playing at the National Championships.
The Under 17 National Championships will take place in Ballarat from January 4-11.